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Glider Years Sizes (sq ft) Rating Manufacturer Raven '79 - '81 179, 209, 229 1 Wills comments: Floater, Easy handling, Single surface, Poor penetration, Statically tail heavy, 229 used as tandem glider. Harrier '81 - '84 147, 177, 187 1-2 Wills (1 & 2) comments: Easy handling, Single surface, Relatively tight flare timing for a trainer SkyHawk '84 - '89 168, 188 1 Wills comments: Refined Harrier for training use. Easy handling / landing Spectrum '91 - 144, 165 1 Wills comments: Current Generation Double Surface trainer I owned a Spectrum 165 and thought it was more for a hang 2 or 3. It was very manuverable in the air but I could never land it consitently well. Also the set up was a bit tedious compared to my friends Pac-Air Pulse. I traded the Spectrum in for a WW Falcon 195 and since I only platform tow once a month or so and I enjoy the Falcon more. Also, the spectrum I had was called the "plus" model that was $400 more and included wing tips and faired down tubes. Falcon '95 - 170, 195, 225 1 Wills comments: Single surface trainer. Light, very easy handling. 225 is a good tandem glider Vision '83 - '86 160, 180, 200 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Easy handling double surface, Good landing characteristics. Poor penetration for double surface Eclipse '86 - '87 170, 190 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Next generation Vision, Quasi-keel-pocketless (keel strap) Some had high speed oscillation problems Mark IV '88 - '92 170, 190 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Next Generation Vision, Better performance than Eclipse without oscillation problems. Pulse '92 - 9, 10, 11 (m2) 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Current generation Vision XL '91 - 145, 165 1 Moyes comments: Single Surface, light weight Gemini 81-84 134, 164, 184 1-2 UP comments: Single surface Comet, Floating but exposed crossbar. Well regarded trainer of this period. XTC ? ? 1+ UP comments: Single surface trainer series, 205 size used as tandem glider Dream 85- 145, 165, 185 1 Delta Wing 205, 220, 240 comments: Very popular single surface trainer. Docile handling, easy landing, poor glide/penetration. The 145 was one of the few good trainers for light (<120 lb) pilots until several small trainers - Pulse 9M, XL 145, small Spectrum - hit the market in the early '90s. The 220 was the de facto standard tandem glider for many years, but the 240 was reputed to be too big and difficult to handle for all but the largest tandem loads. Production on these models has continued through UP and later Air Sports International after Delta Wing folded. Lancer 79-81 155, 180, 200 1 Flight Designs Super Lancer comments: Easy handling, easy landing trainer. Quick set-up. Uncambered plastic battens, Poor speed and penetration Comparable to Raven without tail heaviness Javelin 81-83 168, 208 1 Flight Designs comments: Easy handling, easy landing trainer, Cambered Aluminum ribs Better performance than Lancer series, comparable to Harrier series Elan 89- 154 1-3 Avian comments: 60% Double Surface, very light
Glider Years Sizes (sq ft) Rating Manufacturer Sport '86 - 150, 167, 180 2 Wills (& AT) (& Supersport) comments: Double Surface, No Keel Pocket, Compromise of good handling, reasonable landing, glide and penetration characteristics. 7075 tubing made for relatively light weight. 167 Sport AT has proven to be better than average rec. class glider. Landing flare timing not critical. Very distinct flare cues. Not tail heavy as in previous WW Watch for excessive wear on corner fittings. Some gliders came with unsleeved down tubes. Replace with sleeved ASAP. Super Sport is NOT a huge gain over Sport AT if at all. Try and find a used SportAT 167! They are that well liked. Spectrum '91 - ? 1 Wills comments: Current Generation Double Surface trainer Vision '83 - '86 160, 180, 200 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Easy handling double surface, Good landing characteristics. Poor penetration for double surface Eclipse '86 - '87 170, 190 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Next generation Vision, Quasi-keel-pocketless (keel strap) Some had high speed oscillation problems Mark IV '88 - '92 170, 190 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Next Generation Vision, Better performance than Eclipse without oscillation problems. Pulse '92 - 9, 10, 11 (m2) 1-2 Pacific Airwave comments: Current generation Vision Formula ? 144, 154 2-3 Pacific Airwave comments: Double Surface, Good handling Formulas are yawy gliders but very manoeuvrable. XT '90 - 145, 165 2 Moyes comments: Recreational Double Surface XS3 '93 - 142 3 Moyes comments: Lightened XS. Easy Handling with good performance. Small control frame. VG Comet 3 89-90 185, ? 3 UP comments: Intermediate level double surface glider. Not produced for long. Few models in service. XTR ? ? 3 UP comments: Aluminum framed version of TRX for intermediates Aero 91- 145, 165 2 Enterprise Wings comments: Keelpocketless, recreational double surface wing, No VG, 14 battens upper-surface, 4 under-surface. Aspect Ratio 5.2. Nose angle 122. 65% double surface. 56 lbs. Great Novice wing. Rage 95- ? 3 Enterprise Wings (Moyes) comments: The Rage has a very fast set-up, VG, and very good glide at low to medium speeds. In Enterprise Wings' tradition is particularly easy to fly. Mystic 85-87 155, 166, 177 3 Delta Wing comments: Attempted copy of the then popular Airwave Magic series. Good handling but never had the performance of the Magic. Many called this glider the "Mistake", but Kevin Christopherson did set a world distance record in one. Amour 91- 139, 159 3-4 Avian comments: Very light, 139 is 56 lbs in bag with a small A-frame. Good for the smaller pilot. 159 is 63 lbs in bag, superb handling. Sport 88- 150, 160 ? Solar Wings Rush 94- 15 (m2) ? Solar Wings Profil 84- 13, 15 (m2) 3 La Mouette comments: Intermediate double surface glider. Very nice handling, forgives some mistakes, very easy to control during take off even in turbulent conditions.
Glider Years Sizes (sq ft) Rating Manufacturer Duck '81 - '83 130, 155, 180, 3 Wills 200 comments: OK handling for an early '80s competition glider, but stiff by contemporary standards. Extremely tight flare timing Attack '83 - '84 155, 180 3 Wills Duck comments: Similar to Duck but with minor improvements (half-ribs, straight tips) HP '84 - '88 170 3-4 Wills (1 & 2) comments: Stiff handling, fast (for it's day) No keel pocket Early models in particular were difficult to turn. HP2 added kingpost hang system and improved handling somewhat HP-AT '89 - '93 145, 158 3-4 Wills comments: VG (lever). Easier handling than earlier HP models, but still reputed to have moderately tight flare timing. RamAir '93 - 146, 154 4 Wills comments: Very fast, excellent energy retention and good flare authority, though some pilots report unusual handling characteristics. Has undersurface scoop designed to pressurize the wing at high speed. XC '95 ? 4 Wills comments: Variant of the RamAir (without the undersurface scoop), reputed to maintain the performance of the Ram with better handling characteristics Magic '83 - '88 133,155,166 3 Pacific Airwave (3 & 4) 177 comments: Fast, Easy Landing, VG, High Pitch Pressures, Heavy K-series '88 - 94 144, 154, 160 3 Pacific Airwave (Kiss, K2 K3, K4, K5 comments: VG, Some early Kisses had tuning problems. Some models have a high speed oscillation tendency. Different models refer to different sizes (Kiss,K4=154, K2,K5=144, K3=160) Klassic '94 - 144, 155, 166 3-4 Pacific Airwave comments: Next generation K-series. 1995 models have optional winglets that are claimed to improve both handling and high speed performance GTR '85 - '88 147, 162, 175 3 Moyes 210(!) comments: Relatively Good Handling, VG, Curved Fiberglass wingtips Heavy. Bulletproof XS '88 - '93 142, 155, 169 3-4 Moyes (1 & 2) comments: VG, No keel pocket. Good high speed glide. Heavy, Bulletproof (very hard to break) Xtralite '93 - 137, 147, 164 4 Moyes comments: Smaller Lighter XS Descendent, Fast, Relatively Easy Handling Some improvements in set up ease over XS series. Sensor 510A 82-84 160, 180 4 Seedwings comments: VG and keel pocket Sensor 510B 85-87 160 4 Seedwings comments: VG, no keel pocket Sensor 510C 87-89 160 4 Seedwings comments: VG compensator system Sensor 510E 90-92 160 4 Seedwings Sensor 610 93- 144, 152 4 Seedwings comments: Improved handling and landing characteristics while maintaining excellent performance. '94 and later models have "flap" system. Sensor 610F 95- (135), 144, 152 4 Seedwings Note: The two comments about this entry vary widely. comments: The latest 610F has the control bar attached behind the CG for Better flair authority. There are 6 shear ribs per side in lieu of 3 per side previously. The air frame and ribs are constructed of 7075-T3 Aluminum alloy. The 152 weighs 70 lbs. The flap system is integral with the VG system. Sail areas are actually 152, 144 & 135 Sq.ft. respectively. The stall speed is 19 mph correct airspeed with flaps (12 mph indicated airspeed). Min. sink is estimated at 160 fpm at the recommended wing loading of 1.8 lb./sq.ft. The glide ratio is estimated at 14:1. VNE=65 mph, VA=55mph. "Just pull-in on the VG line and watch as the flap system disengages, transforming your floater back into a screaming blade wing." I do not know who put the entry for the Sensor 610F but it is misleading. The 135 size does not yet exist even in prototype form. Delivery for new Sensor exceeds one year as Bob Trampeneau does everything himself. Furthermore, none of the Sensor 610 are USHGA certified. maybe I am picky but I was looking at buying one and I did some research. From what I heard from other pilots, I will never but a Sensor myself unless I want to be a test pilot for Bob. Comet 80-82 165, 185 3 UP comments: First of the modern double surface gliders. Good performance for its day, but rather stiff by current standards, high pitch pressure. Easier to land than its contemporary, the Duck series. Comet 2 83-84 165, 185 3-4 UP comments: Cleaner Comet replacement. Similar. GZ 85 155 4 UP comments: Small, heavy, fast. Never became popular before UP folded. Axis 88-90 13, 15 (m2) 4 UP comments: Fast, VG, stiff handling. Well regarded as aerobatic gliders. TRX 91- 140, 160 3-4 UP comments: Carbon fiber framed, high performance glider with VG. Significantly lighter than other competing designs. Very good sink rate and landing characteristics. Predator 95- 142,158 4 Blue Sky comments: Blue Sky's succesor to the TRX. Carbon framed, uses vortex generators on the wing to increase performance. Reported to outperform the TRX. Predator sails may be retrofitted to TRX frames. Foil 87-89 160, 170 ? 3-4 Enterprise Wings comments: Competition glider with reputation for good handling. Has VG Combat 90-93 137, 152 3-4 Enterprise Wings comments: Succesor to Foil. Good handling, relatively high pitch pressures. Desire 93- 141, 151 4 Enterprise Wings comments: Competition Wing with extremely good handling. named Desire to maintain the letter tradition started when the company's name was Foil. The Combat was the Foil C. The Desire is the foil D. The focus on handling highlighted by the success of the Combat is very clear in the Desire, which coordinates brilliantly in thermals, with no need to highside (particularly the 151), even with VG full on (most pilots would fly it with VG on except for take off and landing). Glide is very good and landing is easy due to a relatively large flare window. Flat rigging and tensioning is possible. Was the glider of choice of the Australian champion. Streak 82-84 ? 4 Delta Wing comments: Stiff, fast (for its day) competition glider. Keel pocket, No VG. Detached under surface. Several of these tumbled after tuning modifications Shadow 83 ? 3 Flight Designs comments: Double surface competition glider with reputation for good handling Not many produced before Flight Designs folded. Java 95- 140, 150, 155 4 Avian comments: High performance glider that handles easy as an intermediate, very light VG, excellent speed range, very good climb. Elite 95- ? 4 Enterprise Wings comments: Replacement for the Desire. The following is a detailed report taken from the hang gliding mailing list: The planform looks different than the Desire. All 7075 tubing so it is *much* lighter than the Desire. The Leading Edge looks very stiff. There is no any neoprene between the top and bottom surface at the tips. It has washout struts. The top of the A-frame is on a short slide, using the Wills Wing hardware, for laying flat. That is the only WW hardware though. There is at least one shear web in the tip section. There are no tips of any kind, and not even any velcro to install them. Supposedly [Enterprise Wings] had done some wind tunnel tests and the round type tips most gliders have actually make more drag than just the open tip. It has a folding base tube. The VG string travel is quite short and light. The cross bar pull back is very easy also. The nose wires are tight. It has the internal LE deflexor like the Desire, but the cable is heavier and the hardware is improved. The stock TE cloth is a mylar sandwich, and they are using different LE cloth. The sail looks very nice. The top of the A frame is at least 6" behind the hang loops. King post hang system, with a neoprene seal around the king post. Typhoon 81- ? ? Solar Wings Typhoon S4 85- 166, 180 ? Solar Wings comments: Higher performance version of Typhoon Ace 86- 150, 160, 170 ? Solar Wings comments: Early performance Rumour with keel pocket. Also available in "RX" racing version Rumour 89- 13.5, 14.5 (m2) ? Solar Wings comments: Performance glider, reportedly very stiff Rumour2 91- 13, 14 (m2) ? Solar Wings comments: Performance glider, reportedly bad in roll Rumour 92- 12 (m2) ? Solar Wings Fever Rumour3 93- 13, 14 (m2) ? Solar Wings comments: High performance, improved on 1 & 2 Scandal 95- 12.4, 13.6, 14.4 ? Solar Wings comments: Newest high performance with APS. Active pressure system - holes in leading edge, keep its shape at speed Cobra '92- 13.5 ? La Mouette comments: High Performance Compact '92- 13 ? La Mouette comments: Smaller Cobra Topless '95- ? ? La Mouette comments: High performance, no top rigging CSX '97- ? ? Moyes comments: Version of the SX series with a carbon spar and no top rigging. Reputed to be very fast with a great glide.Return to the Ventura County HG home page.